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Edo govt boosts animal husbandry services with new department


The Edo State government has created a new department of Animal Husbandry Services in the state Ministry Agriculture and Natural Resources for effective service delivery in the state.

Godwin Obaseki said during a courtesy visit by the Nigerian Institute for Animal Science (NIAS) in Benin that the new department would ensure proper management of animals in the state.

Obaseki, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Peter Aikhuomobhogbe, during a courtesy visit, noted that the department would also help in the formulation of animal husbandry policies and provide quality breeding services to enhance productivity.


“The department would focus on modern, efficient and more humane ways to care for animals,” he said.

The National President of NIAS, Professor Baba Yusuf-Abubakar, congratulated the governor for the creation of the new department.

Represented by the first vice president of the institute, Chief Simon Ohwofa, Yusuf-Abubakar said the courtesy visit was to thank the governor for creating the new department of animal husbandry services. Yusuf-Abubakar noted that the department would ensure proper management and regulation of livestock production in the state.

“We are very hopeful that this department will add tremendous value to the service delivery by the government to the people, especially in the area of animal husbandry.

“We also say a big thank you, Mr governor, for approving an office accommodation in the ministry for the institute’s new zonal office.

“This has enabled the zone, which was created this year, to take off successfully and to oversee the institute’s activities in Edo, Delta and Bayelsa States,” he said.

The president, however, appealed to the governor to provide an operational vehicle and adequate funding for the new department.

He added that an operational vehicle and funds would enhance the performance of the department.


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